Hungary fans involved in ugly clashes with police at Wembley as officers use batons to quell violence in early stages of World Cup qualifier against England
- Hungarian fans travelled to London for their World Cup qualifier against England
- Travelling supporters were involved in ugly clashes with riot police at Wembley
- Pictures and videos showed fans brawling with officers during start of game
- Riot police used batons to quell the violence and quickly got it under control
Hungary fans were involved in angry clashes with police as their behaviour marred their country’s clash with England once again.
The authorities were on high alert after Hungary supporters racially abused England players in the reverse meeting in Budapest in September.
And tensions quickly boiled over in the Wembley return. Some in the away support aimed gestures towards England fans when Gareth Southgate’s players took the knee.
Riot police attempt to push back Hungary fans who were climbing over seats at Wembley
The ugly scenes in the stands at Wembley occurred during the early stages of the qualifier
Police managed to calm the fighting in the away end within around 12 minutes of the first half
They also held up a banner bearing a message displaying their objection to the gesture.
Then, just minutes in, more trouble broke out as police entered the away section from one of the concourses and moved into the away section in a bid to control the situation.
Blows appeared to be exchanged between the police and a section of Hungary fans, which swelled in size as more joined in to battle the officers.
Around 20 police attempted to break up the trouble with at least one forced to hit out at Hungary fans with a baton.
Hungarian fans set off a flare in the away end during the World Cup qualifier against England
The violence appeared to spill down into the concourse during the early stages of the game
Hungarian fans were celebrating shortly after the violent scenes when Roland Sallai scored
The police eventually had to retreat back down one of the away section exits onto the concourse and were followed by some of the away fans.
Due to travel restrictions, it was expected that 1000 UK-based Hungarian supporters would be allowed into the match, rather than a large contingent travelling from their home country into the UK.
It was reported by ITV that the clashes – which involved hundreds of Hungary supporters – had calmed down 12 minutes into the match.
It is not the first time Hungary supporters have courted controversy, and it would be little surprise to see the Hungarian FA dealt another punishment for the behaviour of their fans.
Back in September, they were fined £158,416 and ordered to play behind closed doors after England players were subjected to racist behaviour in the teams’ last match in Budapest.
Raheem Sterling was subjected to racist abuse when the two sides met in Budapest last month
Fans threw cups at the England players after Sterling scored in a dominant 4-0 victory
FIFA launched an investigation after monkey chants were aimed at both Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham, the latter while he was warming up.
A two-game stadium ban at home for Hungary fans was decided as the punishment by FIFA, with the second match suspended for a probationary period of two years.
Just the presence of fans at that match was a hugely controversial subject, given that UEFA had already handed Hungary a three-game supporters ban for earlier racist abuse at Euro 2020.
Given the World Cup qualifier was played under FIFA jurisdiction though, a full capacity crowd of 60,000 was allowed in for the game – and more racist abuse then occurred.